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Kazakhstan - Integrated Gas Production and Processing Feasibility Study

Solicitation Number: 2012-61036A
Agency: United States Trade and Development Agency
Office: USTDA
Location: USTDA
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Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Added: Sep 27, 2012 12:45 pm
POC: Anthony O'Tapi
Project Information Specialist
Contract Support for USTDA
1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600
Arlington, VA 22209-3901
Tel: (703) 875-4357
Fax: (703) 875-4009
***Please do not contact contracts office***

Proposal Submission Place:
Mr. Erbol Sarsenov
Deputy General Director
JSC KazTransGas
12/1 Kunayev Street

Phone: 77172552217
Fax:     77172552366

The Grantee invites submission of qualifications and proposal data (collectively referred to as the "Proposal") from interested U.S. firms that are qualified on the basis of experience and capability to develop a feasibility study to determine the economic, technical and financial feasibility of an integrated production and processing project for helium, nitrogen and natural gas.

The Grantee, JSC KazTransGas, is a subsidiary of KazMunayGas, the state-owned national oil and gas company, which is itself a subsidiary of the state-owned holding company Samruk-Kazyna. KazTransGas' primary lines of business are gas transmission and distribution; however, the company is also involved with gas production.

KazTransGas has ownership of significant deposits of nitrogen-helium and nitrogen-methane located in southern Kazakhstan. KTG plans to develop an integrated gas project to produce methane, nitrogen, and helium from the deposits. The full KazTransGas Integrated Gas Production and Processing project would entail production and processing of the helium, as well as potential utilization of the methane and significant nitrogen content for development of value added products such as ammonia and fertilizer by off-takers.

The project would involve exploration and production of the gas reserves, as well as processing and transport of the gasses. It would include construction of a field processing unit, a cryogenic gas processing plant to separate out methane, nitrogen and helium, and transport of the purified gasses to off-takers. The infrastructure within the area is well suited to the needs of the project, including: active natural gas production in the area, several fertilizer plants within a hundred kilometers of the site, connection to the national gas pipeline system, and good road and rail infrastructure. A pre-feasibility study of the project indicated that the project is likely to be profitable. KTG needs this feasibility study to further prove the economics of the project sufficient to make investment decisions and potentially obtain debt financing.

As such, the purpose of this study is to assess the technical, economic, and financial feasibility of the exploration, extraction, and processing of helium, methane, and nitrogen from existing gas fields in the Zhambyl region of Kazakhstan.

KTG is looking for a firm who is also interested in follow-on involvement as co-investor and/or operator.

The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a $626,000 grant to the Grantee from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).

A detailed Request for Proposals (RFP), which includes requirements for the Proposal, the Terms of Reference, and portions of a background definitional mission/desk study report are available from USTDA, at 1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600, Arlington, VA 22209-3901. To request the RFP in PDF format, please go to:

Requests for a mailed hardcopy version of the RFP may also be faxed to the IRC, USTDA at 703-875-4009. In the fax, please include your firm's name, contact person, address, and telephone number. Some firms have found that RFP materials sent by U.S. mail do not reach them in time for preparation of an adequate response. Firms that want USTDA to use an overnight delivery service should include the name of the delivery service and your firm's account number in the request for the RFP. Firms that want to send a courier to USTDA to retrieve the RFP should allow one hour after faxing the request to USTDA before scheduling a pick-up. Please note that no telephone requests for the RFP will be honored. Please check your internal fax verification receipt. Because of the large number of RFP requests, USTDA cannot respond to requests for fax verification. Requests for RFPs received before 4:00 PM will be mailed the same day. Requests received after 4:00 PM will be mailed the following day. Please check with your courier and/or mail room before calling USTDA.

Only U.S. firms and individuals may bid on this USTDA financed activity. Interested firms, their subcontractors and employees of all participants must qualify under USTDA's nationality requirements as of the due date for submission of qualifications and proposals and, if selected to carry out the USTDA-financed activity, must continue to meet such requirements throughout the duration of the USTDA-financed activity. All goods and services to be provided by the selected firm shall have their nationality, source and origin in the U.S. or host country. The U.S. firm may use subcontractors from the host country for up to 20 percent of the USTDA grant amount. Details of USTDA's nationality requirements and mandatory contract clauses are also included in the RFP.

Interested U.S. firms should submit their Proposal in English directly to the Grantee by 4:00 PM, November 13, 2012, at the above address. Evaluation criteria for the Proposal are included in the RFP. Price will not be a factor in contractor selection, and therefore, cost proposals should NOT be submitted. The Grantee reserves the right to reject any and/or all Proposals. The Grantee also reserves the right to contract with the selected firm for subsequent work related to the project. The Grantee is not bound to pay for any costs associated with the preparation and submission of Proposals.

1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600,
C/O US TDA 1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600
Arlington, Virginia 22209-3901
Anthony O'Tapi
Phone: 703-875-4357